Yes, I still use Feedback Panda

I started using Feedback Panda about two months into my online teaching journey. I have used it with VIPKid (still do), GoGokid and DaDa (where I no longer teach), and now I use it with … Outschool. Yep. I really do (keep reading for why) I really, really thought about leaving FBP this when the business … Read more

Outschool: One Month

I taught my first Outschool class on June 4. It’s been a whirlwind month. Backstory: I honestly don’t recall where I first hear about Outschool. It was probably in a VIPKid Facebook group, to be honest. I looked a little, and actually enrolled my youngest in a single-session class in April, and then another in … Read more

Sometimes you have to laugh.

I popped in here and saw the title of my last post… apologizing for not writing more often and then disappearing again for two and a half months. To be fair… I have been here. I just haven’t been writing for the front end. I use this site to store some of my learning materials, and that’s … Read more

Long time no write.

I’m sorry. I’ve neglected this site… and I’ve neglected my writing. In my defense, I can say – I have been busy. I’ve continued to work teaching ESL online, although (since January), I’m currently only working for one company. But, that’s another post. Since last August, I’ve been teaching English speaking students, based in the U.S. … Read more

How Can I Increase My Bookings?

Consistent bookings are the bedrock of being able to predict your income. In other posts, (here and here) I talk about times of the year when you can expect bookings to drop off.  But what about the rest of the year? Do a search on Google or YouTube, and you’ll find as many responses out … Read more

June Drop in Bookings

Summertime… And the Livin’ is Easy… Unless you’re an online ESL teacher. Where are the students? This is actually simple… if you take the time to think it through. The students are still enrolled… but they are booking fewer classes. Why? They’re booking fewer classes because they are studying for exams. China has a long … Read more

What to Do When You Get Back Parent Feedback

Parent feedback matters. Great parent feedback can make your day. Bad parent feedback can hurt. – your feelings, how other parents view you, and possibly your standing with your company. What can you do when you get rated poorly by a parent? Carefully review the parent’s comments and the class itself. If you have access, … Read more

Squee! I’m the VIPanda!

I first checked out Feedback Panda (this is a referral link  – see below) because of the free trial. My current solution for tracking my previous notes on students wasn’t working as well as I’d like, and that first month was free. It took me about two weeks to find my stride, and then I … Read more

Open and Closing Pics with ManyCam

I often read people saying they tried ManyCam, but ran into issues with their classroom software. It’s possible that they might be asking “too much” of the processor in their computers. I’m not particularly shy when it comes to trying something techy that’s new to me, and when I started with ManyCam, I saw some … Read more